Tumblr has listed a number of accounts linked to Russian social media agitation giving the newest look at a sophisticated effort to sow discord among Americans — including black users.
…That included using fake online accounts to organize real-world political events and posing as black Americans to address real black Americans discussing race, law enforcement and the 2016 political campaign.
…Russian influencemongers bought a relatively small number of paid ads on Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, but once they had been shared and users began seeing more free content, about 150 million people saw some Russian material, the social media giant said.
Black users and Black Lives Matter were a target on Facebook as well, according to Mueller’s indictment. The best-known account, “Blacktivist,” and others sought to divide black users from within. In another example from Mueller’s indictment, Internet Research Agency influencemongers used the Instagram account “Woke Blacks” to encourage followers not to vote for any candidate in 2016.
“[A] particular hype and hatred for Trump is misleading the people and forcing Blacks to vote Killary. We cannot resort to the lesser of two devils. Then we’d surely be better off without voting AT ALL,” a post from the account said.
…”They want to drive a wedge between us so that we spend our time fighting with each other instead of building towards the future,” Tumblr’s post said. “We’ll be watching for signs of future activity, but the best defense is knowing how they operate and how to judge the content you see.”